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UPDATE: SD man killed in St. Charles motel fire

ST. CHARLES, Minnesota (WXOW) -- Authorities identify the person who died in a fire at a St. Charles motel as a South Dakota man.

Police say 47-year-old Vincent Edward Wright, of Avon, S.D., had checked into the Downtown Motel earlier Thursday and was the only one registered to the room. Three other motel guests escaped unharmed when fire broke out about 11 p.m.

St. Charles Fire Chief Lyle Peterson says flames were "through the roof and out the windows" when firefighters arrived. Fire crews left the scene about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters were called back about an hour later when the fire reignited. Peterson says five of the motel's 10 rooms were severely damaged or destroyed. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.


ST. CHARLES, Minn. (FOX 47) -- One person is dead after an overnight fire in St. Charles.

The fire was extinguished late Thursday night but rekindled Friday morning.

The fire happened at the Downtown Motel in the 800 block of Whitewater Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

No word on the cause of the fire. A witness said it may have had something to do with an oxygen tank.

The Red Cross is offering shelter to the four people who were able to make it out.

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